BALTIMORE – UMBC graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) stuffed the stat sheet in a record-breaking night, leading a tenacious Retriever effort in a 68-49 America East Conference victory over Binghamton at the UMBC Event Center.
Sherburne led the Retrievers with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in over 36 minutes of playing time.
The Academic All-American hit three milestones in the first half. At the tip, he officially started his 113th game, setting a new school record. With his first field goal at the 17:44 mark, he became the eighth Retriever to record 500 in a career and with his third rebound, he became the third UMBC Division I player (sixth all-time) to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.
UMBC improved to 10-9 overall and 2-2 in America East play, while Binghamton fell to 5-13, 1-2.
The 49 points allowed by UMBC is the fewest scored by a Division I foes in 81 such games coached by Ryan Odom in three seasons.
Junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, while junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) added 10 points for the hosts. Senior forward Caleb Stewart scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the first half for Binghamton.
Trailing by 31-23 at the half, Binghamton scored the first field goal of the second half, but a Lamar mid-range jumper and trey started a 9-0 run to give the Retrievers a 40-25 advantage with 13:48 remaining. The Bearcats were still within, 49-36, at the midpoint of the half, but UMBC put the game away with a 10-2 surge to lead, 59-38, with 6:44 remaining.
UMBC hit 13-of-26 shots from the floor in the second half and 5-of-9 from long range to finish at 46.3 percent (25-of-54) and 43.5 percent (10-of-23) respectively.
But the Retrievers were more impressive on the defensive end. Led by Sherburne, they outrebounded the Bearcats, 37-22, their largest differential against a Division I squad this season. Binghamton managed only one offensive rebound and scored no second-chance points. The defense also produced nine steals and UMBC committed only 12 fouls, sending Binghamton to the free throw line only four times.
With the score tied at 20 at the 8:55 mark, UMBC scored 11 consecutive points and held Binghamton scoreless for over eight minutes, taking a 31-20 lead late in the first half. The Bearcats' J.C. Show broke the drought with a trey with 39 seconds to play and UMBC took a 31-23 lead into the break.
UMBC has won six straight games in the series and leads the all-time series, 18-16.
The Retrievers host Albany at the UMBC Event Center on Saturday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m tip-off time.